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  • Hinkley Point C smashes target for spending in the South-West May 26, 2020 - The Hinkley Point C power station project has smashed its target of spending £1.5 billion with businesses in the South West, five years ahead of schedule. New figures released in the project’s latest Socio-Economic impact report show that £1.7 billion has now been spent with more than 1,100 companies across the region. The report can […]
  • Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October May 14, 2020 - The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October for workers across all sectors. The Chancellor said the scheme would be made more flexible, cover all regions and sectors and allow employees to work part-time. More details here.   The Somerset Chamber of Commerce have set up a COVID-19 hub, […]
  • The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy May 14, 2020 - The Government has published its ‘COVID-19 Recovery Strategy‘, which sets out three conditional steps to getting businesses back up and running. The Government has encouraged people to continue working from home if they can, but to go into their workplace if they cannot work from home and can safely socially-distance in the workplace. In step […]
  • Expansion of access to Coronavirus testing April 29, 2020 - The Government has announced that any worker who is displaying coronavirus symptoms and needs to leave their home in order to go to work can now get tested. Members of their households with symptoms – a new continuous cough or high temperature – will also be eligible for testing. For more details and to be […]
  • Claim for the wages of furloughed employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme April 29, 2020 - If you as a business have had to take the difficult decision to furlough staff, you can now use this online service to claim for 80% of your employees’ wages using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. To make a claim, you will need: to be registered for PAYE online your UK bank account number and […]
  • The Professional Services Group – Here to help you respond to COVID-19 April 7, 2020 - A message from Graham Potts, Chairman of the Hinkley Professional Services Group.     Pause for thought If information overload was something we talked about before covid-19, it seems now an even bigger issue as we find our way through the pandemic. News and social media offers wall-to-wall coverage of the crisis, while our inboxes […]
  • Somerset Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Business Support April 2, 2020 - The Somerset Chamber of Commerce (who manage the Hinkley Supply Chain on behalf of EDF) have, in conjunction with their members, been collating specialist information to support businesses throughout the Coronavirus crisis. This specialist information includes a series of webinars designed to assist businesses with the challenges presented to them during the pandemic. The series […]
  • Coronavirus update from Hinkley Point C April 2, 2020 - To read the latest Coronavirus update from Nigel Cann (Construction Delivery Director, Hinkley Point C) please click here.
  • Guidance for businesses and workers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme March 27, 2020 - The Government has today published guidance for businesses and workers on how to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off […]
  • COVID-19 Financial Support for Businesses March 24, 2020 - In light of the recent advice for businesses from Her Majesty’s Government, please find advice and guidance from the relevant departments distributed by BEIS. Over-arching guidance for all companies. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme Large Business Scheme. https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/market-notices/2020/ccff-market-notice-march-2020 Advice for SMEs (turnover less than £45m). https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/accredited-lenders/ Additionally, the Somerset Chamber of Commerce have launched a dedicated Coronavirus hub, where […]

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